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Gay minorities are more vulnerable to HIV, experts say

in UNITED STATES, 10/02/2013

Studies show individuals who experience mental traumas from homophobia, racism and depression are more likely to engage in risky behavior that could lead to HIV infections.

The study is part of Project-18, a larger research effort that follows an ethnically and economically diverse group of 600 HIV negative young gay men in New York City. The participants are self-identified men who have sex with men and are monitored over the course of three years.

'Through this study, what we’ve done is shown that these health problems – mental health burdens and risky behavior -- are highly related when it comes to this population of gay men and their contraction of HIV', added Hlkitis, who is also the director of the Center of Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at NYU Steinhardt.
According to the study: 'Gay and bisexual men represent only 2% of the population, yet these and other men who have sex with men account for more than 50% of all HIV infections and new infections in the US'.

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